The late maestro, Prof. Gajananrao Joshi was a versatile musician, eminent vocalist and a violin wizard. Born on 13th January 1911, he was immersed in music, both in vocal and the violin from his very childhood, being the son and disciple of Pandit Anant Manohar Joshi, a direct disciple of Pandit Balkrishnabua Ichalkaranjikar. He learnt from his father for many years and later trained under Ramkrishna Vaze Bua. Feeling the need to imbibe from other gharanas as well, he sought and received guidance from stalwarts like Ustad Bhurji Khan, son of Alladiya Khan of Jaipur and Ustad Vilayat Hussain Khan of Agra gharana.
As a result, his style of music presented a very ingenious blend of the graces from the three leading gharanas i.e. Gwalior, Agra and Jaipur.Gajananrao Joshi possessed a rare mastery over both instrument and voice being equally outstanding both as a violinist and a vocalist. His forte was the gayakee ang on violin. He was master of laya and taal too, making his jugalbandis with maestros like Ahmadjan Thirakwa, Ravi Shankar and Vilayat Khan a connoisseur’s delight.
He was a Professor of Music for Bombay University in 1970 and was Music Advisor to All India Radio. He was conferred the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Hindustani Instrumental Music in 1972 and Tansen Samman by the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh in 1985.
Gajananbua was a great composer as well as a superb teacher. His list of shishyas reads like a Who’s who of today’s Hindustani classical music fraternity: Dr Ashok Ranade, Padma Talwalkar, Jayashree Patnekar, Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Pandit Ulhas Kashalkar, Shubhada Paradkar and his own son, Madhukar Joshi. He had a single disciple in violin, the late violinist Shridhar Parsekar. The maestro passed away on June 28, 1987.